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Pissed off by the daily negation of my existence

My experience of being genderqueer, non-binary

Almost every day people deny me my existence, but here I am, and I exist. But yes, I’m pissed off, pissed off by this almost daily negation of my existence, of my identity as a genderqueer, a non-binary person. I’m pissed of by people putting me into their binary boxes – man-woman – boxes in which I don’t fit, boxes that impose on me the binary system of sex/gender, and nobody ever asks me if I do agree with this. How many times when someone greets in a supermarket as “sir” I would lime to respond “fuck off! I am not a man, and you don’t have any right to impose on me this identity!”. But I don’t do it. I don’t have the strength to every time when someone imposes on me how they read me (without asking me) to correct them.

Gender is over (if you want it)

In summer 2015 in Brooklyn, New York, the collective and campaign Gender is over (if you want it) was born, adapting the famous slogan by John Lennon and Yoko Ono War is over (if you want it). Basically the collective, formed by Marie McGwier and Nina Mashurova, two persons who identify as non-binary, promotes its message via t-shirts with the slogan and the occasional event. With the income they support trans* and queer collectives.

Sex: ‘X’ (Indetermined)

Today I got my new (German) passport which includes a small but important change of my personal data: now in the field sex it shows 'X' for 'indetermined'. I thought for a long time that it would not really be important what these official documents say. However, I am getting more and more tired and annoyed of always having to choose between two binary options on any form, when I buy something on the web (for example an airplane ticket), and on many other occasions.

The dream is over!

Personal reflections on the death of Rio Reiser (Ton Steine Scherben) - * 9 January 1950; † 20 August 1996


I wrote this article in September 1996, shortly after the death of Rio Reiser, for the German nonviolent anarchist magazine ‘Graswurzelrevolution’. It was published in issue 212, October 1996 (http://www.graswurzel.net/212/scherben.shtml). In March 2017 I added – first in the Spanish translation – a personal update.

Autodetermination of gender identity - open letter to the Office for Equality and Social Policies of the government of Andalucia

Sevilla, 9 November 2015

Re:    Law 2/2014, from 8 July, comprehensive law on the non-discrimination based on gender identity and on the recognition of the rights of transexual persons in Andalucía. (Boletín number 139 from 18/07/2014 - http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/boja/2014/139/1)
Article 2: Right to autodetermination of gender.

Esteemed Mx,

Book review: Gay propaganda. Russian Love Stories

Masha Gessen & Joseph Huff-Hannon (editors), OR Books, New York and London, 2014
ISBN 978-1-939293-35-0 (paperback), 978-1-939293-36-7 (e-book)
Russian and English, 224 pages

Publication of this book was rushed to coincide with the Sochi winter Olympics, and it shows. It shows, because – and the editors admit this – the spectrum of experiences is limited to mostly well-off Russian gays and lesbians, in their majority couples with the ability to travel abroad, and with higher education. The publication of the book is a response to a wave of state-sponsored homophobia in Russia, culminating in a bill banning “‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” - often narrowly interpreted as banning propaganda of homosexuality, but in fact covering a much broader spectrum of non-patriarchal sexual relations (see ILGA Europe, 11 June 2013).

My genderqueer manifesto

This genderqueer manifesto is something very personal – it does not pretend to be a collective manifesto, the manifesto of a group or movement. It is mine, and mine only, but nevertheless I make it public because I think that the private is political, and even more so when it comes to the issue of gender.


I define myself as genderqueer, because the binary gender system which only allows me to define myself as man or woman does not suit me. It is a system that is too narrow and rigid, and which excludes human diversity, and which obliges us to define ourselves in terms that do not represent us.


I also make my manifesto public because I am tired of the obligations and pressure related to masculinities that our society has on offer. To publish my manifesto is also an act of liberation and resistance.

Emergency medical support for Colombia conscientious objection and lgbt activist


Salvador talking about nonviolence: http://youtu.be/HWKrdVP860s


Salvador, long-time activist with the conscientious objection group “Quinto Mandamiento” in Barrancabermeja (https://quintomandamiento.wordpress.com/), needs emergency medical support.


Queer and gender critiques of military recruitment and militarisation

The military uses equality talk in its recruitment campaigns, which so often focus on young people. Given that far more young people encounter these recruitment campaigns than join the armed forces, the impact of this representation is broad. I write this from the perspective of a gay man.

Queer/gender and militarism

Presentation at the international study conference “Countering the Militarisation of Youth”, Darmstadt, Germany, 8-10 June 2012


Andreas Speck, War Resisters' International


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